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Old 02-02-2010, 07:06 PM   #1
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Default If you were buying new drone reeds, what kind would you buy?

If you were buying a new set of drone reeds today, what kind would you buy, and why?

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Old 02-02-2010, 07:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: If you were buying new drone reeds, what kind would you buy?

depends on what pipe you're playing....
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: If you were buying new drone reeds, what kind would you buy?

I recently switched to Husk Reeds and could not be happier. I dont find that it is near as difficult as I had always heard to maintain a cane reed and the sound is perfect
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:20 PM   #4
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Default Re: If you were buying new drone reeds, what kind would you buy?

I will second that as well only I have just the bass right now but I will be ordering tenors soon
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:25 PM   #5
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Default Re: If you were buying new drone reeds, what kind would you buy?

Great timing on this thread! I was thinking about this on the way home from practice tonight. I'm not currently in the market for new reeds, but I think I would get a Shawn Husk cane bass and Canning tenors. I've heard so many great things about his reeds it seems silly to me not to try them. A friend of mine plays Canning's and I enjoy tuning them in the circle. They sound real nice to me. I'm currently playing Crozier Carbons in my Inverans and absolutely love the sound!
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:45 PM   #6
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Default Re: If you were buying new drone reeds, what kind would you buy?

Just got some new ones . MG's with the carbon fiber bass - love em. Just switched from balance tone 3. Those were great as well, just always trying new stuff and I think the MG's sound better.
Cane - okay, got three or four sets around - keep them in a humidor. Just to unpredictable at high altitude where I am. Tired of using hair to keep them running, and these are Chris Apps - not some wierd Ebay deals.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:54 PM   #7
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Default Re: If you were buying new drone reeds, what kind would you buy?

I think Iain's question is still a good starting point in your quest, as there are so many variables.

I'm just about to send my Synthe-Drone reeds back to Mark Wygent for a refurbish after a dozen years of reliable playing with great sound in my '60s Henderson sticks. I thought about trying some others but can't figure why I should. I might just order a set of Shawn's reeds just to try them out, though I do remember what I don't miss about cane drone reeds.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:03 PM   #8
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Just to unpredictable at high altitude where I am. Tired of using hair to keep them running, and these are Chris Apps - not some wierd Ebay deals.
8000+ feet.. I can't even imagine trying to keep the bag inflated at that altitude let alone all the other things you gotta do to keep a pipe going.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:04 PM   #9
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Default Re: If you were buying new drone reeds, what kind would you buy?

Neil an idea would be to visit a bagpipe shop with many of the top brands. Also a shop with someone who is a good piper and can help you pick out the right combo. Cane bass is think is a gret idea. I really like the Canning reeds and Kinnaird reeds. I know Rockets are fabulous as well. I think there are numerous very good options but it wil take a bit of experimenting.
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8000+ feet.. I can't even imagine trying to keep the bag inflated at that altitude let alone all the other things you gotta do to keep a pipe going.
As you get better your gonna learn bag inflation is the least of a pipers problems. Just remember this " you have to exhale anyway, might as well make use of it " which is to say don't panic, the pipes can use Oxygen or Carbon Dioxide, it's up to you.
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